Graham Parker and the Rumour, ‘Three Chords Good’


Graham Parker and the Rumour burst forth as part of the British pub rock scene in the mid-’70s, made four records, and parted ways. Now they’ve reunited. The result? Another record — and a good one — very much like the records Parker has been making for the past decade. He’s traded rock ’n’ roll blast for a muscular roots mix, and while his predilection for sharp-tongued observation remains unabated (check out “Arlington’s Busy” ), age and perspective have added wry bemusement (“Last Bookstore in Town”) and sentimental generosity and rough-hewn tenderness in songs such as “Long Emotional Ride” and “Stop Cryin’ About the Rain.” Rather than re-create the past, Parker is doing what he’s been doing, but, after all these years, doing it with his old mates once again. (Out now)

Stuart Munro

ESSENTIAL “Long Emotional Ride”

Graham Parker and the Rumour play the Wilbur Theatre on Dec. 6.

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